Bensalem Township PD's IACP Presentation

Dave Maass filed this request with the Bensalem Township Police Department of Bensalem, PA.


From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

- The slides from the presentation from the talk given by Deputy Chief William McVey on May 20, 2019 at the IACP Tech conference;
- Records showing the use of asset forfeiture funds on the Vigilant Solutions/Motorola Solutions program described in the May 20, 2019 presentation;
- Records showing the policies and procedures for the use of the program described in the May 20, 2019 presentation;
- All communications between Motorola Solutions, Vigilant Solutions, and Bensalem Township Police regarding the 2019 IACP Tech conference.

For reference, the talk was about the use of license plate readers, face recognition, and other technologies on a school campus. This program was also described as the "Early Warning Detection System."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Dave Maass
Senior Investigative Researcher
Electronic Frontier Foundation

From: Bensalem Township Police Department

Please see RTK Response attached. Thank You.

From: Bensalem Township Police Department

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Bensalem Township Police Department

Mr. Maass,

Please see attached RTK response. Thank you.

From: Bensalem Township Police Department

Please see updated response. Thank You.

From: Dave Maass

Thank you for the note.

Just to be clear: the position of the Bensalem Township Police Department is that the public has no right to know anything at all how facial recognition is used to capture information on children, not even retention periods on how long information on children is stored, who accesses that information, and what the criteria is for adding someone to the watch list? Further, your agency never once reviewed the presentation that revealed all kinds of information about the program in a presentation to an audience before an audience of both law enforcement and civilian personnel?

Please let me know as soon as possible whether your office maintains this positions, so I can escalate through the appropriate channels.


Dave Maass
Electronic Frontier Foundation

From: Dave Maass


I have heard that the Philadelphia Inquirier has won an appeal over the same documents I requested. Could you please reprocess my request and provide the relevant materials? Thank you.

From: Bensalem Township Police Department

Here are the materials that were provided to the Inquirer. Thank you.

Lieutenant Keith Christie #22070
Professional Standards Commander
Bensalem Police Department
(215) 633-3751

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